Ezra the Abstruse
(or, why you need to keep Beth away from the dictionary)

Oh, what's the use?
I'm too obtuse
to comprehend
The word 'abstruse.'
But, wait, my friend
I apprehend
The name you penned
of 'Standish.'

'Tis clear to me;
Yes, now I see
the verbiage he'd brandish.
No simple word
is ever heard
Unless the term's outlandish.

No poet, I,
although I try.
I think I've got this right.
The word's defined!
The light has shined!
It's simply recondite.
--Beth Green (tempted to just attribute this to 'Anonymous' :-)